Posts in A Cup Of Tea With
ADVICE ON BRANDING A CREATIVE BUSINESS WITH THE FOUNDERS OF TIBA + MARL

I remember the first time I met Anna and Lydia, founders of Tiba + Marl. Back then, it hadn't actually launched. It was an idea that was in the pipeline. I spoke at a Mothers Meeting event and remember them showing me a really cool prototype of a rucksack after the session. They said 'this is a baby change bag', and I remember thinking (and saying) 'fuck, girls, you have got something amazing here.

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: JUSTIN VAN BREDA, FURNITURE DESIGNER

You may remember a few months back I visited the showroom of C.P Hart, one of my favourite retailers of luxury bathroom accessories and furniture. Almost instantly I fell in love with a few very distinct Art Deco influenced pieces in the showroom, and when I heard they were designed by Justin I knew I just had to get in touch to learn more about him and his work. 

I sat down for a quick fire interview with the man himself (and when I say sat down, I mean I emailed him), LOL!

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: LUCY GOUGH, INTERIOR STYLIST

Now I've been in the interior styling 'industry' for a year or so (not that it feels like I'm really part of that gang yet), I kept hearing the same name coming up over and over again: Lucy Gough. Lucy is not only the hottest, most desired interior stylist right now, but she has been styling for some of the most reputable publications and brands in the interiors industry. Among that, she was my competition in the 2015 Amara Interior Blog awards for best Interior designer / stylist blog - an award that I graciously lost to her, a very bloody deserving winner if you ask me!

After we got chatting over email I thought she would be a great person to interview for the blog. I knew that Lucy would have some valuable nuggets of info for me and any other aspiring interior stylists out there. I wasn't wrong!

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: SOPHIE ROBINSON, INTERIOR STYLIST AND PRESENTER

When the Great Interior Design Challenge first appeared on our screens I was transfixed. All of the bubbling in my head about moving into a career in interiors all came to a very sharp point of realness - I needed to do this as my job. And I need to quit my current job! 2 years later I'm here. Working as a stylist (albeit at the very start of the journey) and meeting new and exciting people all the time.

I met Sophie in person at the Amara Interior Blog awards as she was presenting, and we got to chat a little after the ceremony and connected fast as two creative women with crazy kids to keep us busy most of the time! I knew that Sophie would have so much insight to the world of being an interior stylist and being a 'working mum' (cringy term, why don't we ever hear about working dads?!), so I sat down with her to chat all things interiors.

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: A SPLASH OF COLOUR FOUNDER, NATASHA BROADY

There are an abundance of online homewares shops. In my opinion there's a lot of the same sort of stuff, the same products, all marketed in the same way with a forgettable, wishy washy finish. It's rare to find well branded online shops and so when I come across them I like to pick the brains of the founders and see how they've done it! I'm a big believer in standing out and being unique, and Natasha Broady, founder of new online homewares store A Splash Of Colour, is no different. In this post I'm getting down to the nitty gritty of her online company which specialises in bold, vivid colour. 

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: ROCKETT ST GEORGE FOUNDERS JANE AND LUCY

Rockett St George burst onto the homewares scene a couple of years ago, with all the style and visual strength of some of the most impactful brands. As soon as I discovered them I loved what they were about. Not only do they have a brilliantly curated selection of personality driven pieces but they know what they like and boy do they know who they are selling to. If you like my blog and what it's about then for SURE you will love RSG, so I wanted to find out a little bit more about the two inspiring ladies behind the brand, and the ups and down of starting your own online interiors business. 

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: STEPHANIE K KANE, ARTIST

Recently I discovered a brand new art gallery in Croydon. Ok this might not sound like a big deal but when you have lived in Croydon your whole life and seldom seen ANY form of cultural stimulation then believe me, this is a pretty big deal! As I wondered around admiring works at Rise Gallery from artists like Banksy, Dan Cimmerman, Mark Petty and more, I was drawn to a beautiful oil portrait of a young blonde girl. The colours immediately resonated with me, as did the portrait itself. I asked the girl working in the gallery who the artist was and she excitedly said 'That's my piece!' Meet Stephanie K Kane - distinct style, infectious cuteness and an enchanting technique. In this interview we chat everything from feminism to being an 'art school drop out'.

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: A COMMON NAME, INSTALLATION ARTIST

I remember being absolutely awed by the piece: a hole in a public wall which had been filled with razor sharp, glowing gold geodes. It was innovate and edgy, yet absolutely beautiful. After I shared a screen grab of the work across my social media channels, I had an overwhelming response from people wanting to know more about this work and the artist. So I tracked down Paige Smith, the creator of the 'urban geode' series, to find out what inspired such jaw-dropping pieces and how Jay-Z's music producer Swizz Beats came to be a fan...

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: ARTIST ANNU KILPELÄINEN

A colleague received a print in the post one morning at work. Always interested to see friends' home purchases I eagerly made my way over to her desk. What she opened was a screen print of someone in very brightly printed clothes carrying shopping bags. It was ultra zoomed in and just focus on a single area. The colour popped off of the paper in tropical brights. WHO WAS THIS ARTIST?! 

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